How ridiculous is it that lockers are not assigned in the high school? Instead, students go down to the school, slap a lock on one of the working lockers, and then tell the office what their locker number is. It wouldn't actually be so ridiculous if, one, there were as many lockers as there are students; two, all of the lockers were in working order; and, three, they told freshman about this free-for-all before two days before school began.
Eldest, of course, is locker-less, as are many other students in the school. This fact lead me to leave a message on Friday with one of the assistant principals, a man I know from when he was at the middle school, asking about the situation. Not hearing back from him, I sent him an email to follow-up:
I left you a message earlier today regarding the lockers at the high school. I have a freshman there, and I called to ask about the locker situation. I originally spoke with the office manager, who told me that the procedure is for a student to find a free locker, put a lock on it, and then come to the business manager and let her know what the locker number is. I explained to her that not only had my son looked for a free locker, but so had I, and we could not find any free lockers that were intact. She indicated that there are, in fact, more lockers than students and that, yes, there are more than a few lockers which are damaged. She suggested I speak to an administrator.
I would like to know:
1. Do you happen to have a secret cove of working lockers somewhere that I could direct my son to?
2. What is the student enrollment at HIGH SCHOOL?
3. How many lockers -- not including the PE lockers, of course -- are there?
4. How many of those lockers are broken?
Yeah, it’s tough being my kid, right? The assistant principal didn’t reply to either my voicemail message or the email. Understandable, really, when you figure I didn’t start trying to contact him until Friday morning and it’s not yet Monday school time.
The school has about 1,500 students. I don’t know how many lockers there are, but I am figuring no more than about 1,200. And of those 1,200, more than 100 are broken. So what can you do?
Well, Pete can go down to the school Friday evening with Eldest. They can find a locker which stands a chance of working with some repairs. Pete can go to the hardware store Saturday morning and buy the hardware to fix it. He can then go to the school with his tools and hardware Saturday morning, repair a locker, slap Eldest’s lock on it, and call it a day.
And plan on breaking the damn thing the last day of school, taking home with him the items to repair it come the new school year, and go through the process yet again.
Meanwhile, we can watch the school district spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on building a whole new administrative offices wing at Eldest’s high school. As long as the administrators are cozy, that’s really all that matters, right?